Pegasus Racing, Pacific Cup 2002

Pacific Cup 2002 Skipper’s Blog: Our training run for Transpac 2003

Competitors: Zephyrus 86, Mari-Cha 147 Designer: Reichel-Pugh 77 Sail number: 50008 Rig: Sloop LOA (ft.): 77 Draft (ft): 12.5 Beam (ft): 15 Hull color: White / Blue Yacht Club: Waikiki Yacht Club Designer: Reichel Pugh Builder: McConaghy, Sydney, Australia Year launched: 2001 Skipper: Philippe Kahn Navigator: Ed Adams Watch Captain 1: Jeff Madrigali Watch Captain…

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The moon, the stars and the squalls

Date: Friday, July 19th Lat: 22 50 North Lon: 155 49 West Course over ground: 232 degrees magnetic Speed over ground: 13 knots Last night was pretty much postcard perfect with the moon coming in and out of squall clouds, the big sky and the big start, 20-knot winds and nice waves. We were on…

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Hanging tough after a tough night

Date: Thursday, July 18th Lat: 25 31 North Lon: 151 39 West Course over ground: 226 degrees magnetic Speed over ground: 12 knots In sail boat racing there is a factor that nobody controls: The weather. No matter how good and prepared you are, no matter how much technology you use, you can hardly go…

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Flying Fish

Date: Thursday, July 18th Lat: 26 38 North Lon: 149 37 West Course over ground: 220 degrees magnetic Speed over ground: 15 knots At sunset, we jibed on what could be a 500 lay line to Honolulu. Now its mostly port jibe. Unfortunately, it’s pretty light, with winds between 16 and 19 knots most of…

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Jibing all night

Date: Wednesday, July 17th Lat: 26 45 North Lon: 146 08 West Course over ground: 256 degrees magnetic Speed over ground: 15 knots All night we jibed on every shift. This was a pitch-dark night as the moon set early. We executed each jibe like clockworks. Wind ranged from 18 to 26 knots. Jibing Pegasus…

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Can the Magic continue?

Date:Tuesday, July 16th Lat: 28 02 North Lon: 140 58 West Course over ground: 226 degrees magnetic Speed over ground: 14 knots   We think not. However, we still feel like we are defying gravity: We again have covered more miles and gained distance on both Mari-Cha and Zephyrus, for the third consecutive day. We…

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Pegasus 77 shows great numbers

Date: Monday, July 15th Lat: 29 05 North Lon: 135 13 West Course over ground: 232 degrees magnetic Speed over ground: 17 knots   The plan to accomplish the impossible, for David to beat Goliath in other words, for Pegasus 77 to beat Zephyrus and Mari-Cha boat for boat seems now remotely possible. That is…

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A Satisfying Roll Call

Date: Sunday, July 14th Lat: 31 09 North Lon: 129 07 West Course over ground: 214 degrees magnetic Speed over ground: 17 knots   Racing sailboats that are as different in size and potential as Pegasus 77 from the huge Zephyrus or the behemoth Mari-Cha is like is radically different than racing fundamentally similar boats.…

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